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Currency Crises and Foreign Reserves: A Simple Model

  • Piti Disyatat

This paper addresses the important question of how far a government will run down its stock of foreign reserves in a defense of a fixed exchange rate. An optimizing model of currency crisis is presented in which the decision of whether or not to borrow in a defense of a peg is explicitly analyzed. The threshold level of reserves is then determined endogenously and shown to be a function of fundamental economic variables. The analysis also demonstrates how an increase in the level of reserves, a credit-rating upgrade, or the imposition of capital controls can remove the multiplicity of equilibria.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 01/18.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2001
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/18
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